No Harm Done: Recognising and responding to self-harm: Next steps for staff working with young people

Self-harm describes any way in which a young person might harm themselves or put themselves at risk in order to cope with difficult thoughts, feelings or experiences. It affects up to 1 in 5 young people and spans the divides of gender, class, age and ethnicity. As such, many people find themselves in the position of wanting to support a young person who is self-harming. This can be difficult due to lack of confidence or uncertainty about what to say or do.

Here Young Minds have provided simple guidance for taking those first steps – your support can be lifechanging.